SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A recently-formed national American Indian radio
organization has appointed two prominent voices in American Indian radio to
top positions. The Center for Native American Public Radio (CNAPR) has
named Loris Ann Taylor as executive director of the organization and radio
veteran Peggy Berryhill as Director of Services and Planning.
Berryhill, Muscogee, lives in northern California and has a long history in
broadcast largely as a producer. She has worked at National Public Radio in
that capacity and has worked on several documentary projects and produced
several American Indian-themed radio shows. She founded the Native Resource
Center in 1996.
Berryhill's Native Resource Center was instrumental in forming the 2001
Native Radio Summit, where discussions began about forming a group to
promote and facilitate American Indian radio and programming content, and
eventually led to CNAPR.
Taylor, Hopi, is an Arizona resident and former manager of KUYI, a station
based on the Hopi Reservation. She was also an associate director of the
nonprofit Hopi Foundation. In addition to working with her own Hopi tribe
on grassroots issues, Taylor has represented 19 tribes on public policy and
economic development matters.
Formed last year, CNAPR is a nonprofit association of Native radio
professionals dedicated to advocating the common goals of several American
Indian broadcast stations and content producers.
A project of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFBC),
which includes over 200 independent radio stations, the organization
received a three-year $1.5 million start-up grant from the Corporation for
"Having a project such as CNAPR takes advantage of the resources and
experience that NFBC has to offer," said Carol Pierson, president and CEO
of NFBC, adding that her organization is dedicated to "localism and
diversity" on the radio dial.
In a reference to the four directions, she likened CNAPR's foundation to
"four pillars": financial sustainability, advocacy, service to communities
and leadership and governance.
"Our job is to enable the Native radio system to articulate the model and
value of Native radio," said Taylor, who described American Indian radio
stations as "community resources."
Taylor said the organization will be dedicated to "answer the call to
action" from NRS members. Those members are 33 American Indian public radio
stations in 13 states; American Indian Radio on satellite, or AIROS; and
the Koahnic Broadcasting Corp. AIROS is primarily a distributor and Koahnic
is a program content producer.
Among CNAPR's specific goals, Taylor said the organization will serve as an
"information resource" regarding American Indian radio stations to include
providing leadership for NRS and advocacy for the public policy and
legislation that affect it.
To achieve this goal, CNAPR has named an advisory council comprised of
various professionals in the field, including Frank Blythe, executive
director and founder of Native American Public Telecommunications. Also on
the advisory council is Indian Country Today columnist Rebecca Adamson.